FAQ

March 22, 2017

What happens if my Japanese visa application is denied?

  If a Japanese visa application is denied, the applicant sometimes will not be told the specific reason for the denial.  However, the denial means that one of the requirements for obtaining a visa was not adequately fulfilled so the applicant should re-examine his or her own application to determine which requirement was not met.
March 1, 2017

How do you appeal a wrongful detention in Japan?

If a detained foreign national wishes to contest his or her detention, the foreigner may request a hearing to review whether the immigration inspector made any errors in deciding to detain.  This hearing should take place within three days from the request.  A special inquiry officer, designated from one of the senior class immigration examiners, will review the foreigner’s case for possible errors.  This review can include examining witnesses and evidence to establish the necessary facts of the case.
February 8, 2017

Is there any recourse for spouses in Japan who are facing domestic violence?

Domestic violence can take various forms, from physical abuse to mental abuse, and spouses who are victims of such abuse can feel as if there is nowhere to turn.  This is especially true if that spouse is a foreign national who might not have confidence in their Japanese language ability or have worries about their immigration status.  However, the Law on Prevention of Spouse Violence and Protection of Victims authorizes the Japanese government to support victims of such abuse through counseling, support and protective services. 
February 6, 2017

What does the “good conduct” requirement for permanent residence in Japan entail?

As part of the application to become a permanent resident of Japan, the foreign national must show that he or she is “of good conduct.”  This rather vague term covers a lot and there is a degree of subjectivity in how examiners may interpret it.  The most basic part of this requirement is following all laws and regulations in Japan but applicants should be especially careful while their application is pending in order to ensure that they have the greatest chance for meeting this requirement.